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Welcome to Hoover High School Library


Patricia Raczka

School Library Technician II

619 344-4500 x 3070

Library Hours

7:00-3:00 Monday-Friday 
(Modified for testing/staff meetings)

Page updated: June 28, 2018

The Hoover library is also called the Hartley Library after Captain Paul Hartley:

Captain Paul Hartley, a 1943 graduate at Hoover, served as president of the Hoover High School Foundation for 11 years.  He was instrumental in raising tens of thousands of dollars on the school's behalf and for establishing the Bookie Clark Scholarship, given annually to a graduating senior.  Captain Hartley's work for the school includes recruiting tutors and mentors to work with Hoover students, arranging for job shadowing experiences for more than 250 students over six years, and locating businesses to offer student internships. You will find a replica of his likeness located in front of the circulation counter in the library. In 2001 the library was dedicated The Hartley Library.

Offices and Services in the Library:

In fall 2017 the school administration offices were relocated to the library. The attendance office, main office, counselors, IT, security, and college advisors are now located in the library.  These services will continue to be located in the library while the new administration offices are under construction. Completion of the new administration offices is expected around 2021. 

"A new 500 seat theater and a new 3-story multi-purpose building along the street facade of the Hoover High School campus will pay homage to the original buildings from the 1930's. The two new buildings will replace the existing undersized theater, an administration building, a conseling building, 20 modular classrooms, and a modular restrom building." AVRP Skyport Studios.  Images of the new administration buildings at Hoover High School.

Ask about the time capsule that was found on June 21, 2018 when the old building was torn down.

Library Resources:

You can find twenty computer stations for student use, printers, textbooks, supplementary class books, library books and reference books in the library.

The librarian's desk is located next to the circulation counter.


Textbooks are a valuable tool to assist you in learning. Textbooks are required for your core courses.  Your teacher will schedule a date with the librarian and you will be brought into the library to check-out your textbooks.  Bring your school identification card (ID) with you.  Each textbook has a barcode placed on the cover or inside the cover of the book. Use your school ID card or student ID number to have a textbook checked out to you.  After your personal information is entered into the textbook database the barcode must be scanned to connect the textbook with your name.

Keep your textbooks in a safe and dry place.  Damaged textbooks may have to be replaced, ask the librarian for assistance with this. At the end of the semester you will be scheduled to return your textbooks to the library.  Be sure to bring your textbooks back to the library on your assigned day so they will be available for the next class. HooRyde!!

Know What You Owe

 To find out what library and textbooks you have currently checked out, go to http://destiny.sandi.net

  • Click on your school name.
  • Click on the Login Button (top right).
  • Put your school ID in the User Name field and enter your password.
  • Click the Login button.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

ProQuest eLibrary, History Study Center and ProQuest Learning: Literature
eLibrary - Over 2,000 full-text and multi-media sources

History Study Center - Covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. Study Units offer editorially selected material on over 500 historical topics.
History Study Center provides over 40,000 documents and articles, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images and links to 2,000 Web sites.

Proquest Learning: Literature - Where students come for the latest word on the authors they study in class and read at home!

An online database with fulltext magazine and newspapers articles, maps. Images, books, transcripts, and multimedia.  Complete citation information provided.  An incredible research tool.

SIRS Researcher:
An online database devoted to “current controversial” issues.  Great for “pro/con” research, debate issues, and persuasive essays.  Also provides citation information.

World Book OnLine:
Four different online encyclopedias under one umbrella! 
  • “Student”—very basic high school student research
  • “Advanced”—for high school/college students.  My favorite.
  • “Discover”—easier reading than student and advanced.  Additional info on teen lifestyle issues
  • “Encicopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos”—Spanish language basic encyclopedia

Discovery Education


Public Library

News Links

Los Angeles TImes
New York TImes
San Diego Union-Tribune

Other Libraries and Resources

Library of Congress
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
San Diego Public Library
SDSU Library
THOMAS (Legislative Information)
UCSD Library

Teen Health and Wellness:

In-depth info you can trust on all kinds of issues most relevant to teens: sex, drugs, STDs, pregnancy, relationship issues.